Day 7 – Marquette, MI to Munising, MI – 43 miles

Sad to leave Marquette this morning!  Definitely my favorite city so far.

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The morning was beautiful.  Wind at my back, a bike path to bike through the cool air out of the city, and a shining morning sun set the scene for a wonderful morning ride in the UP.

DSCN2304Leaving Marquette

 

After some miles on highway 28 going east, I discovered a cool metal sculpture park that my hosts mentioned last night – Lakenenland!

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A few miles before reaching Munising, I saw some Sandhill Cranes:

DSCN2323Once in Munising, I ate at Main Street Pizza.  The pizza and breadsticks were awesome.  On my way in the door, a lady noticed my cross that I was wearing.  When I told her that it was a TEC cross that I received at a retreat, she simply smiled and said “I know, I got one from a retreat here in Escanaba, Michigan”.

Very cool.

Inside while eating my pizza, an individual inquired about the trip and wished me luck on the journey.  One of the workers at the pizza place also wished me luck.  I am grateful for the good company of the people on the trip.

Another thing I quickly became grateful for was the Terrace Motel.  I wanted to go on the boat tour of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore this evening and I needed a place to put my bike during that time, so I decided to see what I could get a motel for.  Larry at the Terrace Motel was very helpful.  He even took a picture of my bike and myself and posted the mission of my ride, St. Teresa Orphans Foundation, on the Terrace Motel Facebook page.  I recommend the Terrace Motel if you stay in Munising.

I took a shower then decided to call to reserve a ticket for the boat tour this evening – but I did not get good news…they cancelled the tours for today because of the ice! :(  What a bummer!

A walk around Munising ensued instead.  A stop at the Family Dollar replenished my food supplies, for I would likely be camping tomorrow and my supplies were low.

wpid-img_20140527_173519_627.jpgI also happened to come across a Farmer’s Market :)

I did a quick Dairy Queen stop to enjoy some ice cream.  I’m going to call it an early night tonight and get an early start in the morning.  I’m going to try to make up some mileage tomorrow.  Hopefully the weather cooperates.

Day 6 – Baraga State Park to Marquette, MI – 70 miles

Awesome day today!
Got up early to check and see if and when it was going to rain.  The forecast said rain likely in the afternoon, so I set a goal of making it to Lake Michigamme campground.

Breakfast was only 3.5 miles from the campground at the Hilltop restaurant.  I set off at about 9:00 a.m. from there.

Leaving the town of L’anse, it was all uphill and against the wind.  But, by the time I made it to this little creek, it started to flatten out and the wind shifted in my direction:

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This creek was refreshing :)

I started to cruise.  With the wind at my back, the miles rolled by.  I made it to Lake Michigamme around 1:00, and there was no rain in sight, so I continued on.  In Champion I stopped at a gas station to get some Powerade and an apple.

I kept on wheelin’ all the way to Ishpeming for a quick stop at McDonald’s. Didn’t get much – just a McChicken.  The possibility of rain was nearing, so I hurried to get to Marquette.

My hosts were wonderful.  I took a shower when I got there.  After that, a tour of Marquette was in store for me.  The parks were awesome, the shoreline of Superior impressed me, and the food I had was great.  Also stopped at the Superior Dome – the largest wooden dome in the world and a U.S. Olympic training site.

Marquette is awesome.

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Shoreline by the park.

 

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Water was super clear!

 

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My friend who gave me a tour of Marquette.

 

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The fog over the lake was pretty cool. This is a rock that protrudes from the lake. It looks like the top of a mountain.

 

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Kayakers on the lake.

 

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Overlook of Marquette.